This old Idaho Pizza got a bright paint job for a new restaurant. It didn’t get the city’s OK

Idaho Pizza moved its Fairview Ave. restaurant a few blocks down last year. That left its old spot at 7100 W. Fairview Ave. empty.

Surman Shresta’s Namaste Market applied with the City of Boise to replace the kitchen hood in the building. Namaste Market currently operates in a space on Emerald St. in Boise.

But drivers on Fairview Ave. might have noticed something else. The bright paint job.

The building used to sport a coating in shades of beige and brown. Now, painters decked out the walls in pistachio green, while the roof is fire engine red.

Comments in the BoiseDev Facebook group ranged from “My eyes hurt,” to “We could use a few more bright spots (and diversity) on Fairview.”

How the building looked before the paint update.

But changes like the paint scheme would need design review approval from the City of Boise. A check with the city’s planning and development services staff confirms that application never came in the door.

“The painting of a building and other minor changes can be approved through the submission of a Zoning Certificate application which is an administrative Design Review process,” Design Review Planning Manager Josh Wilson said in response to an email from BoiseDev.

While the city doesn’t directly regulate color choices, it does look for projects to complement their surroundings. Wilson said guidelines dictate that planners look for “exterior materials that complement surrounding development in terms of color and relief.”

A call to Shresta was not returned Tuesday.

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